As students come off of Spring Break, we thought it prudent to touch base about the spring and summer internship experiences. You will find frequently asked questions and answers below that addresses some of the concerns for all of our internship programs (international, stateside, and UPIC). The questions cover working remotely, mentor/intern correspondences, incomplete INT assignments, unfulfilled hours, and UPIC contact information.
Acknowledging that each internship site is unique, we do not intend to cancel any internship programs at this point. We ask that mentors consider incorporating interns into any continuity planning occurring in the office/company/organization. For summer 2020, UPIC internships will be online/remote work experiences (though some may possibly switch to in-person later in the summer, depending on the department/office; please check with your mentor for details).
At this time, interns should continue working off-site in the event an internship site requests employees to work remotely. We ask that mentors seek creative options with the student interns and develop duties that can be performed during a period of modified operations (training manuals and videos, significant projects that were previously on hold, reports and benchmarking, etc.).
Some student interns will not feel safe or comfortable returning to an on-site internship environment, and they might make a request to continue to work remotely. We ask that mentors, supervisors, and teaching partners give all requests and proposals consideration during this challenging time.
Since many interns will need to continue work remotely, please consider establishing a regular email routine, WebEx/Zoom check-ins, or Skype calls. Mentors and interns will continue to need to be aware of the work performed, intern/mentor expectations, and signature requirements for timesheets and other documentation.
All internships are expected to be completed as normal this summer in terms of hours, assignments, etc. Since summer internships are beginning online (and most will remain that way), there should be a clear plan in place regarding remote project completion, meetings, etc. that result in the intern being able to achieve a “Pass” in the standard manner. As a reminder, the hours requirement is 160 hours for part-time interns and 320 for full-time interns.
UPIC (on-campus) and stateside internship programs are scheduled to run as regularly scheduled at this time.
The best way to contact us with questions about Off-campus internships or Off-campus INT classes (INT 1010, 1020, 1030, 2010, 2020, 2030, all sections of 8010) is via email. We will be checking email regularly between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Please contact: email@example.com, 864-656-0316